AUDI AG is planning to acquire a 49 percent stake in the csi group of companies. The brand with the four rings will use the acquired expertise to create additional capacity for the development of new models.
“The engineers at csi have been a reliable partner to us for more than a decade,” commented Michael Dick, Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development at AUDI AG. “Together we have already brought plenty of successful projects onto the road – the R8 being a prime example.”
Steffen Boll, Managing Director and co-founder of csi verwaltungs GmbH, is convinced that Audi and csi will benefit from the deeper relationship. “Take lightweight construction, for example. Our approaches to intelligent composite construction are a good fit – there will be plenty of scope for synergy.”
The core areas of expertise of csi’s workforce of around 250 include interior and body development, as well as lightweight construction based on an innovative mix of materials. Alongside its Development Center in Neckarsulm, csi has operations in Ingolstadt, Sindelfingen, Munich, Winterberg, Wolfsburg, Weissach and Zwickau.
The planned investment in csi is currently being examined by the relevant antitrust authorities.